Practice questions can help you prepare for the real thing
Job interviews are enough to make anyone nervous. As you know, getting an interview is a big deal. It means you have made the first cut. It means the employer is seriously considering you for the job. And it means that you want to impress the interviewer. In short, it’s a lot of pressure!
One of the best ways to handle the pressure is to get as prepared as you can. You can never know for sure what questions the interviewer will ask you, but it is still possible to practice ahead of time. Using sample questions can help get you more comfortable with talking about yourself. The more you practice, the more relaxed you will feel and the more articulate you will become. Try these questions to get started:
Sample job interview questions
1. Why are you interested in this job?
2. Tell us a little about yourself.
3. What experiences do you have that make you qualified for this job?
4. What strengths do you bring to this position?
5. What do you feel will be the most challenging part of the job for you?
6. Describe your job training and how it prepared you for this job.
7. Give an example of a problem you faced in a previous job and how you solved it.
8. How well do you work on a team? Give us an example.
9. Give an example of working with a difficult person and how you handled it.
10. Tell us about a time in a previous job where you were proactive.
11. Describe how you prioritize your time when you are handling multiple tasks.
12. What are your goals for your professional life in the next five years?
13. Describe a challenge that you faced in your life and how you have dealt with it.
14. If you have held leadership positions, describe your approach to leadership.
15. What are you doing to keep learning and developing professionally?
How to practice for an interview
Once you’ve tried out these questions, try to think of a few more questions that may be specific to the job you’re interviewing for. Then use these strategies to make the most out of your practice.
- Watch yourself in the mirror as you answer questions; be sure you are using positive body language.
- Take a video of yourself and use it to critique yourself.
- As you notice key phrases that sound good, write them down and memorize them.
- Find at least 5 other sets of sample questions online and practice with them. This will improve your ability to answer unexpected questions.
- Ask a friend to role-play as the interviewer and give you feedback.
- Make an appointment with a career services professional for a mock interview.
With these strategies, and with enough practice, you should find that you are getting more confident talking about yourself and your career. Best of luck on the big day!
For more information on job interviewing, try these posts:
Preparing for a job interview
What to wear to a job interview
Questions to ask at a job interview
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